Definition of imperative :
1. Expressive of command; containing positive command; authoritatively or absolutely directive; commanding; authoritative; as, imperative orders.
2. Expressive of commund, entreaty, advice, or exhortation; as, the imperative mood.
3. Not to be avoided or evaded; obligatory; binding; compulsory; as, an imperative duty or order.
4. The imperative mood; also, a verb in the imperative mood.
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authoritative (part of speech: adjective)
required (part of speech: adjective)
requirement (part of speech: noun)
obligatory (part of speech: adjective)
- But they are the debts of honour, imperative. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
- He could not explain the nature of it, but a man of honor would feel it imperative. - "Foes", Mary Johnston.
- The loss of his cattle made it more imperative that Don Mariano should look closely into land matters, into the prospects of a railroad for San Diego. - "The Squatter and the Don", C. Loyal.